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Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel

Istanbul, Turkey

Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel is located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Karaköy, right on the Golden Horn by the Galata Bridge. Its location is very convenient, as you can easily explore bohemian Beyoglu and historic Sultanahmet on foot.

At a Glance

  • The Vault is a charming, if quirky hotel, which retains many of the features of the bank that used to occupy the building

  • Superb location by the Golden Horn, ideal for exploring different parts of the city

  • Stunning views from the rooftop terrace

  • Smaller hotel with a good deal of character

  • Offers the friendliness and boutique feel of the house Hotel group while offering the facilities (restuarant, spa, bar) of a full service 5 star hotel

Couples, Culture,

Insider's View

Book the penthouse suite if you can! It has the bath with the best view in Istanbul.

James Ferguson

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Istanbul


Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel, is located in 'Bankalar Caddesi' or 'Banks Street' and, unsurprisingly given the address and the hotel's name, occupies the premises of a former bank building. The original structure, lovingly restored by renowned Turkish architect Han Tümertekin, retains many of the bank's original features, including the reception desk in the form of the teller's counter and the wine cellars hidden behind the huge cast iron doors of the underground vault which once housed the safety deposit boxes.

Down in the Vault you will also find the hotel's spa, an ideal place to unwind after a day's sightseeing.

The design of the hotel is modern and smart, without being overly fussy and 'designy'. It has a smart yet simple downstairs bar and dining room, and an outdoor terrace offering enviable views over the Istanbul skyline.

The decor is elegant and well-thought out, and there's even an in-house art curator who is in charge of the art collection displayed in the hotel's rooms and public areas. Rooms are smart and contemporary in feel, with clean lines complemented by warm hues and goose down bedding to add a touch of comfort to your stay. All rooms boast LCD TVs and provide complimentary WiFi access.

Part of the House Hotel mini-chain, the Vault skilfully combines the intimacy and charm of a boutique hotel with the grandiosity of the neoclassical building which houses it.


The 'Kasa Lokanta' restuarant in the hotel's lobby offers fresh, seasonal international and Turkish cuisine. Breakfast and dinner are served here. Also in the lobby you will find the 'Gold Bar', which features as part of its unique design one of the bank's old safes as a drinks cabinet. Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel also has an underground Wine Cellar set in an original vault where guests can select their bottle. The room service at the hotel is available round the clock.


The Spa at Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel offers a state-of-the-art gym, a sauna and a traditional marble clad hammam, steam rooms and three treatment rooms for massages or facials.

Location & Directions

Istanbul, Turkey

Bankalar Caddesi No. 5, Istanbul 34421, Turkey

When to go

The best times to visit Istanbul are in spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October), when skies are clear and temperatures are moderate. During July and August it is hot and steamy; a lot of Istanbullus head for the west and south coasts over these months and some businesses close. Biting winter winds and snow are common in winter.

Be aware that during the five-day Kurban Bayrami banks shut and ATMs can run out of money. During Ramadan business hours can be erratic.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Istanbul

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